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Convergence: The Meeting of the Insight Meditation Tradition and all Mindfulness-Based Approaches

In the last 35 years Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and other Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI) have spread exponentially across the USA and throughout the world. Mindfulness has become very popular, a "hot item" in medicine, neuroscience, psychology, education, and business and yet at times, little is known of it's origins. This retreat will explore and emphasize how the Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Tradition influences mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and all mindfulness-based interventions (MBI).

Through the direct practices of the four foundations of mindfulness you will learn how the essence of these wisdom teachings (Dharma): the four noble truths and the three characteristics of existence intersects and informs all mindfulness-based interventions.

This traditional insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga as well group and individual teacher interviews. Teachers will also offer daily talks and systematic meditation instructions that are embedded with the spirit of lovingkindness. These teachings and practices will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice.

2015-05-08 (8 days) Insight Santa Cruz (Copper Beech Institute)

2015-05-09 Skillful Ways of Working with the Hindrances and Introduction to Convergence 53:45
Bob Stahl
How to work with the hindrances that come up in meditation practice and an Introduction to how the Dhamma informs all Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
2015-05-11 The Heart of the Dhamma and how it Informs Mindfulness-Based Approaches 55:36
Bob Stahl
An investigation into Suffering, its causes and the path to freedom. And how these teaching inform the MBSR curriculum.
2015-05-13 A Legacy of Kindness 65:28
Bob Stahl
For generations the forests monks of Burma have passed on a legacy of kindness. How to meet your mind, body and heart (your life) with greater wisdom and compassion.
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